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    Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    Staying at the Seelbach and I know that the bar there has a bunch of goodies on sale. Are there any liquor stores downtown (I won't have a car) where I can pick up some rareties. I have never had any of the Staggs, nor Pappy 23, nor Weller 19 or Four Roses Single Barrel. No Pogue or Noahs Mill or Hirsch 20, you get the idea. Any places near the Seelbach where I can fill out the collection?

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    Re: Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    Pricey, but you can probably find all those at the bar by the glass. If not, certainly at D Marie's atop the Galt House nearby.

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    Re: Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    I know there are a couple of liquor stores downtown, but I think they're mostly bulletproofs in the "bad" parts. You'll probably still find a better bourbon selection than in most places (and the "bad" parts of downtown Louisville aren't really all that bad) but you'll need to get out of downtown to get to Liquor Barn or Old Town. Old Town, in the Highlands, would be a short cab ride and it's a very nice neighborhood, if you want to see something other than downtown.

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    Re: Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    Pick up a yellow pages and find the tel# for the Liquor Barns in the area (Lexington too). Call them and ask for the spirits buyer. Buy all you want and have it couriered to your hotel for the price of a bad lunch out. Bourbon heaven at your doorstep. Better yet, do the research now and arrange delivery while you are there.

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    Re: Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    That, Dave, is a brilliant suggestion.

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    Re: Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    It brings the reminder that once, liquor stores in city centers used to deliver packages to hotel rooms. You still see signs in stores in New York City offering to deliver to area hotels without additional charge. I doubt many people order to their rooms these days, though. I think today the hotel guests bring in their own supply or use the hotel or mini bar. But Dave's suggestion brings back a time when guests would open the yellow pages and a fifth or quart would soon be on its way to their room. I may even have seen such signs (or probably it was ads in the yellow pages not changed for decades) advertising delivery to, "liners". Ah yes, the days when a quart of I.W. Harper or Beam's Choice or Mount Vernon Rye would be sent wrapped in a white napkin to a stateroom on a sleek Cunard liner off Chelsea Piers. Image of a bygone time ... "Mary, darn they forgot the cherries how will we make Manhattans?". "Oh Fred don't fret there's some sugar on the tray over there for coffee, use that and we'll do Old-Fashioneds, don't tarry now". "Yes dear..".

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    Re: Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    Really? When I was at the Plaza, last fall, I asked my wife if she would like to walk a half block to a bar that looked interesting, to me. She said no, but she would go to the hotel's bar. So, I did.

    A Wild Turkey 101 on the rocks was $9.50. Maybe that is within the norm, but to me it was absurd. I didn't have a second and I never found out what a drink would have cost at the bar up the street.

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    Re: Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    Well, hotel bar prices are never the best value.

    These days, my sense is, if people want a drink in their room, they bring up the bottle themselves. At one time, they ordered it from area liquor stores. Maybe at the time hotel guests did not want to be seen carrying a bottle to their room (although it would be easy to disguise it).

    But check the yellow pages in the larger cities, you will still often see in the box ads, "we deliver to hotels and ships"..

    Gary

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    Re: Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    But check the yellow pages in the larger cities, you will still often see in the box ads, "we deliver to hotels and ships"...
    It also, of course, depends on local laws. It wouldn't be legal in Memphis or Nashville, for example, for any liquor store to deliver anywhere.

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    Re: Going to Louisville in a couple of weeks

    I was mainly thinking of New York City in this regard. The stores in that city are mostly smaller and have an old-fashioned look. Some are marketing-oriented, with explanation cards or other accompanying information (e.g. the excellent Sherry-Lehman) but many seem unchanged from how they must have been in the 1940's and 50's and sometimes their ads reflect that. I have never had the time to get over to LeNell's store in Brooklyn, I am hoping to do so on the next trip. Her bourbon selection is second-to-none and unlike most retailers she has a genuine interest in, and extensive knowledge of good bourbon and rye.

    Gary

 

 

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